Payloads Product Manager
Posted on 3/28/2024
Shield AI

501-1,000 employees

Develops autonomous AI pilots for military aircrafts
Company Overview
Shield AI, a leader in AI for aviation, has a proven track record of technical innovation, with its Hivemind autonomy stack being the world's first autonomous AI Pilot deployed in combat since 2018. The company's culture is rooted in its mission to protect service members and civilians, and it has been recognized by Forbes, CB Insights, and Fast Company for its industry leadership. With a competitive edge backed by top-tier Silicon Valley VC funds, Shield AI offers a unique opportunity to work on cutting-edge AI technology in aviation.
AI & Machine Learning

Company Stage

Series F

Total Funding





San Diego, California

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

Dallas, TX, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Product Management
Product Strategy
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field.
  • 5+ years of experience in the product development life cycle, specifically with UAS payloads, hardware integration, or related technologies.
  • Deep understanding of sensing technologies, AI applications in unmanned systems, and system integration principles.
  • Proven track record of leading and facilitating cross-functional teams to successfully bringing products to market.
  • Self-starter with a proven track record of forging clarity and structure in the face of ambiguous or dynamic constraints.
  • World-class analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to quickly synthesize disparate viewpoints to deliver well-informed, data-backed decisions.
  • Relentless learner who can develop specialized knowledge in niche domains.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Set the product roadmap to guide development and integration of V-BAT payloads, including but not limited to: EO/IR, A-PNT, C2, SI/EW.
  • Manage prioritization of payload developments to support customers, mission impact, and corporate strategy.
  • Engage cross-functional stakeholders (business development, engineering, finance, operations, etc.) at the right time to ensure excellent product maturation that fulfills delivery targets.
  • Establish, track, and report upon key performance indicators for product metrics.
  • Rigorously evaluate financial aspects of product strategy and pricing.
  • Ensure product-market fit. Conduct market analyses to identify trends, opportunities, and competitive threats.
  • Support efforts to drive product adoption and ensure end-users will delight in using our products. Assist pre-sales conversations and industry events.
  • Invest deeply in cross-functional engagement to empower optimal decision making. Partner with teammates across the organization to think comprehensively about problems and make thoughtful decisions.
  • Collaborate with business development, production, and engineering teams to design and implement payload solutions that meet product requirements and business/customer needs. Be prepared to execute a variety of tasks to ensure the roadmap stays on track.
  • Manage stakeholder relationships, including clients, partners, and internal teams, to gather requirements and communicate product value.
  • Reinforce company mission, vision, and strategy by contributing product facts, insights, and arguments.
  • Produce and present models, written text, and presentations that simply and effectively convey the product state and future.
  • Anticipate and address risks. Provide mitigation strategies with sufficient lead time to ensure the roadmap stays on track.